Guild F. “Bushie” Hill, 83, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2023 with his family by his side. He is the loving husband of Judy (Dorsett) Hill with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.
Bushie was born on August 8, 1939 to Guild and Doris Hill in Manchester, New Hampshire. After his father’s passing when Bushie was only 20, he took it upon himself to care for his mother, brothers, and his own young family. During the Vietnam War, he made the brave decision to enlist in the United States Navy where he became a Radioman on the USS Boston CAG-1. He was a proud veteran and served his country with distinction.
Bushie became a member of the American Legion Baseball, eventually working his way to become the State Chairman for 9 years. He was also a member of the National ALB World Series Staff. He and his Co-Chairman brought the 1976 and 1977 American Legion World Series to Manchester. Through the legion, he met the love of his life, Judy Dorsett. They married in 1978 and began to build a family of their own. Through baseball, Bushie was able to help many young men pursue their love of the game and was even able to see a few make it to the MLB!
For over 50 years, Bushie was a member of the Masonic Lodge Washington #61 in Manchester and a member of the Valley of Nashua Scottish Rite. He was also a proud member, for 50 years, of the Bektash Shriners, earning the title of Potentate of Bektash Shrine in 2001 and committing to the organization's mission of helping children in need. Bushie was also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Shrine Association for 14 years. His philanthropic spirit was evident in all that he did and he touched the lives of many with his kindness and generosity. He retired in 2022 as Recorder Emeritus of Bektash Shrine Center.
Above all else, Bushie was a family man. Passing down the love of baseball to his children and grandchildren, he never missed a game and was always there to cheer them on or offer encouragement. He also enjoyed annual fishing trips with his brother Terry, where he found peace and solace. Among many attributes, Bushie will forever be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, sharp wit, and his ability to make you smile, all with a good scotch on the rocks in hand. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness that will live on in the hearts that knew him.
Along with his wife, Judy, he is survived by his daughters, Denise Hosey and her husband Thomas III of Derry, and Sandi Godman of Connecticut; grandchildren, Thomas Hosey IV, Gabriella Hosey, Garrett House and his wife Kelli, and Evan House; a great grandchild, Nolan House and one more on the way; and his beloved brothers, Ronald (Katarina) and Terry (Patsy) Hill.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, February 15th from 4-8pm at The Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 243 Hanover Street in Manchester, with a Masonic Service beginning at 5PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 10am in the First Congregational Church, 508 Union Street, Manchester. Interment and military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bushie’s memory may be made to: Shriners Boston Burns Hospital, c/o Bektash Shriners, P. O. Box 4086, Concord, NH 03302-4086 or Bektash Hospital Patient Transportation Fund, c/o Bektash Shriners, P. O. Box 4086, Concord, NH 03302-4086